What medication, drug, and lifestyle factors should be documented in the history of patients with hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Obtain a history of the patient’s use of over-the-counter medications; herbal medicines such as herbal tea containing licorice (the issue is products containing licorice root; large amount of licorice in the US is licorice candy, but black licorice and over-the-counter licorice root supplements are increasingly available); ephedrine/ephedra; current and previous unsuccessful antihypertensive medication trials; oral contraceptives; ethanol; and illicit drugs such as cocaine. The patient’s lifestyle factors should also be included, such as changes in weight, dietary intake of sodium and cholesterol, exercise level, and psychosocial stressors. [7]

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